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Brexit: UK to divorce European Union on Jan 31

LONDON/BRUSSELS: The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union was set in the law on Wednesday as London returned a signed treaty and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prepared to vote to ratify the divorce. After half-of-century of sometimes awkward membership, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time on Friday. The day began with Britain's permanent...

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Russia urges Germany, France to safeguard peace in Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russia appealed to Germany and France on Saturday to ensure Kiev does not try to incite violence in east Ukraine to encourage the United States to send Ukrainian forces lethal weapons. Paris and Berlin helped mediate a peace deal in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Feb. 12 to try to end fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in...

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Ukraine, Russia start new talks to supply gas to Kiev

BRUSSELS: Ukraine and Russia launched EU-brokered talks in Brussels on Friday aimed at supplying gas to Kiev through next winter and securing onward deliveries to Europe. A deal to ensure supplies for the current winter expires at the end of this month, and that agreement was only agreed after tense negotiations against the backdrop of the war in eastern Ukraine....

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Negotiators suspend Iran nuclear talks

LAUSANNE: The US and Iran have suspended nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule, setting up new talks next week for a deal providing long-term assurance to the world that Iran cannot develop nuclear weapons. The session in the Swiss city of Lausanne was interrupted on Friday - its sixth day - to enable members of the Iranian delegation to attend the...

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Putin calls for currency union with ex-Soviet allies

ASTANA: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a single currency with the Kremlin's closest ex-Soviet allies despite fraying ties in the region which is struggling with the fallout from Moscow's economic crisis. Putin urged closer integration for his flagship Eurasian Economic Union -- which also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia -- as Moscow scrambles to limit the damage...

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UN warns Libya crisis could destabilise entire region

The UN special envoy to Libya has warned that chaos in the north African country could destabilize the whole region if rival politicians fail to nail down a political agreement within the next few days. Bernardino Leon told rival politicians meeting in Morocco for peace talks on Friday that the international community was growing impatient and feared the unrest could...

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More than 100 killed in Syria attacks

Beirut: More than 100 people were killed in Syria in 24 hours of violence after Islamic State fighters attacked regime troops and a suicide bomber caused carnage at Kurdish new year celebrations, a monitor said Friday. More than 70 members of government forces were killed when IS attacked checkpoints and other positions in the central Homs and Hama provinces, the...

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North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles

LONDON: A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster Sky News that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the United States. Asked whether North Korea...

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Man shot at New Orleans international airport

KENNER: A man sprayed TSA agents in the face with wasp killer then swung a machete at guards before being hot several times at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport Friday. Richard White, 62, walked up to the checkpoint, pulled out a can of the insecticide and began spraying both agents and passengers standing in line, said...

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Russia says it will act in own interests

Russia described "sanctions rhetoric" as destructive on Friday and said it would do what is in its national interests after European Union leaders kept economic sanctions in place over the Ukraine crisis. In comments to reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also accused Kiev of violating the terms of a peace deal for eastern Ukraine that was agreed in the Belarussian...

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Indo American Christians expresses concerns over violence

Indian Christians community in America has expressed concerns over recent violence incidents. Indian American Christians organization has said that the number of violence incidents have increased due to political patronage. Indian Christians organization in North America has demanded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb rising violence against Christians in India. Indian Christians Federation, while protesting, has said that once...

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Wrongly convicted Ohio man to get $1 million

An Ohio man freed last year after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit will receive more than $1 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment, court records show. An Ohio Court of Claims judge on Thursday ordered that just over $1 million be paid to Ricky Jackson, the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be...

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Train derails in northern India, killing 30

LUCKNOW: At least 30 people, including children, were killed and dozens more injured when an express train derailed in northern India on Friday, authorities said. Television images showed two mangled carriages lying beside the track after the accident, which occurred around 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. As rescuers worked to cut...

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Cheating in exams on the peak in India

NEW DELHI: Authorities in eastern India were left red-faced on Thursday after images of relatives scaling the walls of a school exam centre to pass notes to candidates were broadcast on local television. Dozens of people were shown clinging to the windows of one four-storey building in the eastern state of Bihar, where more than 1.4 million teenagers are sitting...

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Gun battle at Kashmir police station kills 6, says Police

SRINAGAR: Suspected rebels wearing army uniforms stormed an Indian police station in Kashmir, killing a policeman and sparking a four-hour gun battle that left two paramilitary soldiers, two militants and a civilian dead near the border between Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of the disputed Himalayan region, police said. At least seven paramilitary officers, two policemen and a second civilian were...

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India’s women safety gun popular among men

LUCKNOW: A lightweight revolver launched in the wake of a deadly 2012 gang rape in Delhi and billed as India's first gun designed for women has proved a hit ─ but only among men. Sales figures for the Nirbheek, which means “fearless” in Hindi, show that just 28 of around 450 orders received so far have been for women. The...

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US may withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at UN

WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday warned it may withdraw crucial diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaign pledge not to allow a Palestinian state. Despite Netanyahu’s backtracking over his campaign promise, skeptical American officials said the veteran Israeli leader would have to prove his commitment to negotiations for a two-state solution....

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